Visiting Turks and Caicos National Environmental Centre
One of the most surprising and exciting aspects of travel is when you come across cool finds ‘off the beaten path’. During our recent trip to Providenciales, the tourism board introduced us to Turks and Caicos National Environmental Centre. Although it is quite small, this hidden gem is filled with all sorts of information about the entire island, wildlife and the fauna and flora found locally.
Inside the centre we were introduced to the island’s birds and wildlife. These here is the Snowy Egret, a bird species that is quite common in the Caribbean, South America and Southwestern USA. They eat insects, small reptiles, fish and crustaceans. Thanks to the MIgratory Bird Treaty Act, this bird’s population is rebounded and protected in the USA by law.
In addition to conch, there are numerous shells that can be found on the island. The display case showed off just some of them.
The centre offers information on the Beaches and Dunes, Forest Communites and Caves, Coastal Communities, Salinas and Lowlands. Each location has a dedicated chart and book for more information.
Our favourite exhibit is located in the centre of the room. Here you can visualize the entire island thanks to this interactive display. Each button highlights a different location on the island with more information about it. Since Turks and Caicos is split up into 40 different islands and cays (8 inhabited), it’s easy to get confused. My daughter had quite a bit of fun here and didn’t want to leave, but we enticed her with a trip to the Conch Farm (more on that soon!).
If you are looking for an educational outing or want to learn more about Turks & Caicos, the National Environmental Centre is a great place to visit on Providenciales. Admission is free and the centre is open daily from 8AM to 4:30PM. For more information, contact DECR www.enviroment.tc.
For more information on Turks and Caicos and where to stay, check out:
- The Somerset: Our Review Of Turks & Caicos Luxury Resort
- Where To Find The Best Ice Cream In Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Visiting The Most Beautiful Beach In The World – What You Need To Know
Disclosure: We visited the Environmental Centre during a tour of the island which was provided by Turks & Caicos Tourism during a press trip sponsored by both the tourism board and The Somerset. I was not asked to write about this centre, but we enjoyed ourselves so much that I wanted to share the information with our readers.